Selected Faculty Publications

jasmijn bolJasmijn Bol’s paper “Subjectivity in Professionals’ Incentive Systems: Differences Between Promotion- and Performance-Based Assessments,” co-authored with Justin Leiby, has been accepted for publication in Contemporary Accounting Research. The paper examines how managers assess performance and promotion prospects, and the conditions under which these assessments diverge. The authors argue that managers apply different cognitive schemas when they make different assessments, finding that experienced managers assess performance and promotion prospects differently, but only when professionals are promotion eligible. Specifically, more (as opposed to less) consultative decision making decreases promotion prospects while not affecting assessed performance or even improving it. By contrast, more consultative decision making improves both assessments when professionals are not eligible for promotion. The paper sheds light on the relations between subjective assessments, including that promotion is not necessarily the consequence of superior assessed performance. Bol is an associate professor and the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Faculty Fellow in Accounting.

ted feeTed Fee’s paper “Playing Favorites? Industry Expert Directors in Diversified Firms,” co-authored with Jesse Ellis and Shawn Thomas, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. The paper examines the influence of outside directors’ industry experience on segment investment, segment operating performance and firm valuation for conglomerates, finding that industry expert representation on the board causes increased segment investment. Consistent with experienced directors playing favorites rather than acting as dispassionate advisors, segment profitability (firm value) is lower for segments (firms) with industry expert outside directors. Fee is a professor of finance and the Morton A. Aldrich Professor of Business.

amanda heitzAmanda Heitz’s paper “The Social Costs and Benefits of Too-Big-to- Fail Banks: A ‘Bounding’ Exercise,” co-authored with John H. Boyd, was published in the May 2017 issue of Journal of Banking & Finance. Heitz and Boyd assess the costs and benefits of too-big-to-fail banks and determine that there are no circumstances where the economic benefits of too-big-to-fail banks exceed the costs.
Heitz is an assistant professor of finance.

Mazhar Islam’s paper “Cross-regional R&D Collaboration and Local Knowledge Spillover,” co-authored with Minyuan Zhao, associate professor of management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, has been accepted for publication in Advances in Strategic Management, Vol. 36: Geography, Location and Strategy. Islam is a visiting assistant professor of management.

Zeigham Khokher’s paper “The Information Content of a Nonlinear Macro- Finance Model for Commodity Prices,” co-authored with Timothy Simin of Pennsylvania State University and Saqib Khan of the University of Regina, has been accepted for publication in The Review of Financial Studies. Khokher is an assistant professor of finance.

natalie mitchell

Natalie Mitchell’s paper “Thin-slicing Tremé as a Subjective Sashay: Heretical Pilgrimages to St. Augustine Catholic Church,” co-authored with Russell Belk of York University, Toni Eagar of Australian National University, Kevin Thomas of University of Texas-Austin and Roel Wijland of University of Otago, has been accepted for publication in Consumption Markets & Culture. In addition, her paper “Purse Parties: A Phenomenology of In-Home Counterfeit Luxury Events,” co-authored with Angeline Close, Dan Li and Wan Wang of the University of Texas-Austin, has been accepted for publication in the Review of Marketing Research, and her paper “The Stigma Turbine: A Theoretical Framework for Conceptualizing and Contextualizing Marketplace Stigma,” co-authored by a research team of scholars in the U.S. and abroad, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing. Mitchell is a
visiting assistant professor of marketing.

ambika prasadAmbika Prasad’s paper “Dispersion Beyond Miles: Configuration and Performance in Virtual Teams,” co-authored with Michael Beyerlein and Darleen DeRosa, has been accepted for publication in Team Performance Management. In the paper, the authors investigate global virtual teams and study how structural aspects of a dispersed team, like the number of sites and\ numerical balance of sub-groups,
impact team performance. Prasad is a lecturer in management.

venkat subramaniamVenkat Subramaniam’s paper “Impact of Financial Leverage on the Incidence and Severity of Product
Failures: Evidence from Product Recalls” has been accepted for publication in The Review of Financial Studies. The paper was co-authored with Omesh Kini of Georgia State University and Jaideep Shenoy of the University of Connecticut. Subramaniam is an associate professor of finance.

shuhua sunShuhua Sun’s paper “Affect Spin, Entrepreneurs’ Wellbeing, and Venture Goal Progress:
The Moderating Role of Goal Orientation,” co-authored with Marilyn Uy and Maw-Der Foo, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Venturing. In addition, his paper “Crosslevel
Moderating Effects of Conscientiousness on Within-person Relationships of Self-efficacy to Effort Allocation,” co-authored with Huaizhong Chen and Zhaoli Song, has been accepted for publication in Human Performance. Sun is an assistant professor of management.

Tim West’s paper “Lenzini Steel: The Impact of Transfer Pricing and Taxes on International Operations,” co-authored with Bradrick Cripe of Northern Illinois University and Anthony Harmon of Grant Thornton LLP, has been accepted for publication in Issues in Accounting Education. West is a professor of practice in accounting.

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